Cardinals March Madness Match-up #2 – (16) 1968 vs (17) 1930


Today’s match-up might be a tough one to call as, for the most part, most of our readers didn’t get the chance to see either team in action. If anyone purchased the Greatest Games of Busch Stadium DVD set, released in 2006, Bob Gibson’s record-setting performance in game 1 of the World Series is included, but for the most part, we must relive this match-up solely by the numbers. Team details follow the jump.


The 1968 season is a very memorable one for St Louis Cardinals fans. In this season, Bob Gibson had quite possibly the greatest single season by a pitcher in the history of the game. He finished the year with a mind-boggling 1.12 ERA and 268 Ks. This performance was good enough to earn him the MVP and Cy Young honors. The team also featured the National League’s leading base stealer Lou Brock. Gibson, shortstop Dal Maxvill, and center fielder Curt Flood all won Gold Gloves. Gibson and Brock joined first baseman Orlando Cepeda, pitcher Steve Carlton, and manager Red Schoendienst in the Hall of Fame. The team also produced two fantastic broadcasters in catcher Tim McCarver and third baseman Mike Shannon. Also, center fielder Curt Flood quite possibly helped to change the game as we know it by leading the charge to institute free agency. The team finished with a 97-65 record, but lost in game 7 of the World Series to the Detroit Tigers.


The 1930 St Louis Cardinals finished with a 92-62 record, but lost to the Philadelphia Athletics in game 6 of the World Series. The team was managed by Gabby Street and featured future Hall of Famers in first baseman “Sunny Jim” Bottomley, second baseman Frankie Frisch, left fielder Chick Hafey, and pitchers Burleigh Grimes and Jesse Haines. This season was also the debut of future Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean, who pitched a one run complete game in his September debut.

Tale of the Tape

Batting Order
Batting Order


1Lou BrockLF926510.2790.746124
1Taylor DouthitCF1097930.3030.79087
2Curt FloodCF715600.3010.705113
2Sparky Adams3B980550.3140.77484
3Roger MarisRF255450.2550.681105
3Frankie Frisch2B121101140.3460.927119
4Orlanda Cepeda1B7116730.2480.685106
4Jim Bottomley1B9215970.3040.860102
5Tim McCarverC355480.2530.64594
5Chick HafeyLF108261070.3361.059147
6Mike Shannon3B6215790.2660.710113
6George WatkinsRF8517870.3731.037142
7Julian Javier2B544520.2600.63892
7Jimmie WilsonC541580.3180.80290
8Dal MaxvillSS511240.2530.62791
8Charlie GelbertSS923720.3040.80189




1Johnny EdwardsC143290.2390.61385
1Gus MancusoC397590.3660.965127
2Dick SchofieldIF14180.2200.61887
2Andy HighIF342290.2790.73074
3Phil GaglianoIF130130.2290.58577
3Ernie OrsattiIF241150.3210.848100
4Bobby TolanOF285170.2300.60783
4Showboat FisherOF498610.3741.019139
5Ron DavisOF11050.1770.49950
5Ray BladesOF264250.3961.118164

Starting Rotation
Starting Rotation
1Bob Gibson304.22291.1226862258
1Bill Hallahan237.11594.66177126109
2Nelson Briles243.219112.8114155103
2Syl Johnson187.212104.659238109
3Steve Carlton232.013112.991626197
3Jesse Haines182.01384.306854118
4Ray Washburn215.11482.2612447129
4Burleigh Grimes152.11363.015843169
5Larry Jaster153.29133.51703883
5Flint Rhem139.21284.454737114

CPJoe Hoerner49.0821.474212199
CPHi Bell115.1433.904223130
RPRon Willis63.2233.39392886
RPAl Grabowski107.0644.794349106
RPDick Hughes63.2223.53492183
RPJim Lindsey105.2754.435046115
RPMel Nelson52.2212.91169101
RPBill Sherdel64.0324.642913110
RPWayne Granger44.0422.252712130
RPHal Haid33.0324.091314125

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